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Mentoring Can Change the World: Starting with Our Children and Grandchildren

September 20, 2017
    This summer, my eleven-year-old granddaughter and her friend were here to participate in a kids’ Drama Camp at our local outdoor theater. Both girls are baptized Christian tweens, at a perfect age for mentoring as they enter into middle school this year. We’ve been doing my Bible study Face-to-Face with Mary and Martha: Sisters in Christ via SKYPE, or in person, for quite a while. We’ve had many discussions where I help them use Scripture from their Bibles to apply to their young lives. They have so many questions and are at a crossroads between not being little girls, but not grownups either. As tweens, they’re soon going to have more freedoms to make decisions—but not the wisdom that comes with maturity. Every parent has heard the excuse, “But everyone else is doing it.” I remember my parents saying something like, “If everyone jumped off a cliff would you too?” Sadly, today many kids and adults are jumping off the moral and spiritual cliff to fit in with the culture, or they’re afraid to express beliefs that differ from the worldview. Even children are bullied for supporting America’s president when their accosters usually don’t even understand why they’re reacting so violently. Where do these young bullies learn this reaction? Television, the Internet . . . perhaps parents, grandparents, or even teachers? I watched an interview of high school kids encouraged by their teachers to ditch school and participate in a protest march. Those kids had no clue why they were marching or what they were protesting! They weren’t trying to change the world; they were being changed by a worldview they didn’t really understand. We may want to pull the covers over our head and ignore the unrest in the world. But the parting words Jesus gave to His disciples regarding Christians’ place in the world, the Great Commission, reminds us there’s work to do, starting with our children and grandchildren. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 However, the last page in the Bible also foretells that the world will always have good and evil. “Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” Revelations 22:11 We all want our children and grandchildren knowing and doing what’s right and holy, even when their peers encourage them to do wrong and vile acts! Parents and grandparents are the ones responsible for teaching and instilling these virtues. We cannot rely on the schools, and sometimes not even our

Don’t forget to pray for the parents of your grandchildren

September 18, 2017
Pray for the parents of your grandchildren to teach them about Jesus and his love at an early age, encouraging them to hide God’s Word in their hearts. God’s Word hidden in their hearts will keep them from sin and light the path on their journey of life. (Psalms 119:11,105) Lillian Penner, info@grandparentingwithapurpose.com    

What do you do if you are an estranged grandparent?

September 14, 2017
Frequently I receive emails from a grandmother asking me to pray for her because of her estrangement from her grandchildren. Her heart is broken, finding it very difficult to deal with the situation, like many grandparents do today. When we reach the midlife years of our lives, we look forward to becoming grandparents and very excited when our first grandchild is born and the grandchildren that follow. However, today there are many grandparents with broken hearts because they are estranged from their grandchildren for various reasons. Being estranged from your grandchildren often results in many negative emotions. Sorting out exactly what you are feeling and developing an approach for dealing with your feelings can be vital for your health, both mental and physical. You will feel anguish as long as the separation lasts. However, God is still answering prayers, often it is not on our timetable, and so we have to ask God for patience to wait until He is ready to answer. Sometimes, we have to wait in His waiting room while He is working in the hearts of our grandchildren and their parents. God’s timing is best. I have found the Scripture verses in Romans 8:26-28 very helpful when I don’t know how to pray for my grandchildren and their parents. Paul writes, “The Holy Spirit makes intercession for us when we don’t know how to pray.” When I ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession for me according to God’s will, it keeps me from telling God how to answer my prayer, which I love to do. Ask the Holy Spirit to make intercession for your estrangement letting him carry the burden instead of you giving him your agenda. Very often all we can do is pray, pray and pray, waiting on God to do the work in healing the wounds. If you are an estranged grandparent, would you share some of your thoughts with me or place them in the comments.? Here are a couple of suggestions for estranged grandparents: Don’t stop trying to keep in touch. Send cards and letters to your grandchildren maintaining the tone of any communication loving but light. Pray intentionally and regularly for your grandchildren and their parents. If you don’t know how to pray for them sign up to receive my blog regularly and I will send you “31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren” which you can download without cost and print. I have found uniting in prayer with other grandparents for my grandchildren is a special blessing for me. It’s a safe place to share my concerns for my grandchildren as they are growing up in our post-Christian culture. It comforts me to know the other grandparents in my group are also praying for my grandchildren Christian Grandparenting Network now has many Grandparents@Prayer (G@P) intercessory groups meeting in the U.S., Philippines, Canada and South Africa, in retirement Centers, schools, churches, and homes. We would like to see the number of G@P groups grow. Some of the groups meet

Suggestions to Pray for Grandchildren of all Ages

September 10, 2017
Suggestions to pray for your grandchildren on only on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer for everyday. For Infants, pray they will: Develop a strong sense of security as they bond with their family. Feel safe and secure in their surroundings. Grow physically strong and mentally alert. Begin to lay a healthy foundation for good communication. Begin to develop a healthy attachment to their family members. For Toddlers, pray they will: Develop a healthy self-image. Develop a sense of independence. Develop a sense of obedience to their parents. Be willing to try new, unfamiliar experiences. Feel secure apart from parents (i.e.caregivers). Learn to play independently. For Preschooler-age, pray they will:                                                                                           Develop a well-balanced personality. Learn problem resolution skills. Play well with others. Learn to obey quickly, and to respect authority. Explore and create without fear of failure. Develop a soft heart towards Jesus. Develop confidence and independence. Learn to control their emotions and anger. Develop an awareness of God’s love for them. Build positive friendships. For Elementary-age, pray they will:                                                                            Discover their God-given gifts and talents. Develop a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment using their skills. Be motivated, disciplined, and challenged in their learning experiences. Treat others with respect. Stand firm for what is right and refuse the wrong with a positive attitude. Choose friendships wisely. Obey their parents. Understand their need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Develop a strong and healthy self-esteem and self-confidence. Have a safe, healthy classroom environment. Be protected from the deception of the enemy. Develop a hunger for God’s Word. For Teenagers, pray they will: Be motivated, disciplined and challenged to apply themselves and excel in their academic studies. Experience the reality of Jesus Christ in their lives, as they grow strong in their faith. Recognize the deception of the world. Be covered with God’s safe keeping physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Date wisely (which leads to a spouse for a lifetime). Be sexually pure. Have open communication and a good relationship with parents. Choose friends who will have a positive influence. Grow spiritually with a hunger for God’s Word. Have a balanced view of their beauty, charm, and strength. For College/Young Adults, pray they will: Be motivated, disciplined and challenged to apply themselves in their studies to excel academically, if they are in college. Seek God’s wisdom and direction in their management of time, money, and talents. Think creatively and live with integrity. Recognize their gifts so they can find their God-given assignment. Provide the resources to fulfill their God-given assignment. Find a

“Seven ways to connect with a long distance grandchild”

September 7, 2017
 HAPPY GRANDPARENT’S DAY OF PRAYER This coming Sunday on September 10 is National Grandparents Day. Will you join many grandparents throughout the world in making it a Day of Prayer for your grandchildren and their parents? Many of us wish we could be with our grandchildren on this special day but it isn’t possible because of the many miles between us. However, we can make this a special day of prayer for them and their parents by sending them a note, text or call them to let them know Sunday is a special day of prayer for them. Today I want to share a guest blog with you by Dr. Mary Manz Simon which I think you will find helpful, especially those long distance grandparents. Guest blog: I’ll be honest: I envy grandmothers who float in-and-out of their grandchild’s daily activities. Perhaps you know your grandchild’s friends and are on a first-name basis with his teacher. You might even attend soccer games and school concerts. Although there’s undoubtedly a downside to babysitting or living in the same area, that sounds terrific to a long distance grandma like me! But those of us who are geographically challenged can still have a meaningful relationship with our grandchildren. Here are seven ideas that work for me: Develop a list of “topics to talk about.” Dig back through old emails and texts for conversation starters. The content won’t merely offer discussion triggers, but often reveal ideas for birthday gifts or items of interest. This is especially helpful if you rarely see each other. Provide prayer cover. Although you might do this every day, make a special effort when your grandchild is prepping for a big test or important game. Before the event, pray with him over the phone. Look for more ideas in my new book, Faith Footprints with My Grandchild. Send postcards of places you visit together. Months after visiting the zoo or museum mail a card from that site. Even digital kids appreciate snail mail addressed to them. The card will be a nice reminder of a memory you made together. Arrange reverse mail. Purchase an inexpensive pack of blank post cards. Pre-address with your address and add a stamp. Ask your grandchild to draw a picture, add stickers or write a note before sending the card to you. Start with just a couple of cards to assess your grandchild’s response. Invite them into your home. Simply go around the house clicking or shooting a video with your phone. We’re a visual society, so this gives your grandchild a snapshot of your personal space (Be sure at least one image shows the fireplace with his photo displayed or the refrigerator with a picture he drew!) If your grandchild doesn’t know you well, seeing your kitty or a picture of your car buried in a snow bank helps you become a “real” person. Mail surprises. When our grandsons were very young, I would tell their mom a b-o-x was in the mail. One

Scriptures to Pray for Children & Grandchildren

September 4, 2017
Scriptures to Pray for Children & Grandchildren, especially on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer It’s only 6 days till the National Grandparent’s Day. Let’s make it a day of prayer for our grandchildren and their parents. God speaks to us through His Word, and it’s His Word that we need to “speak” back to him in prayer. Dear Father, I pray that: (Insert your child’s name) 1. Accept Advice _______ will listen to constructive criticism and correction, and through it gain understanding. Proverbs 15:31, 32 2. Anger _______will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. James 1:19 3. Anxiety _______will cast all his/her anxieties and disappointments on You to experience your care for him/her. I Peter 5:7 4. Confidence _________ will understand that the Lord is his/her helper and will always help him/her in every situation. Heb. 13:6 5. Compassionate _______ will be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to others. Ephesians 4:32 6. Contentment _______ will learn the secret of contentment in every situation. Philippians 4:12 7. Direction ______will acknowledge You in all his/her ways and You will direct his/her path.            Proverbs 3:6 8. Friendships ______ will pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord. II Timothy. 2:22 9. Future Mate _______will find a spouse with a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.                               II Corinthians 6:14 10. Generosity ________ will be generous and willing to share with others. I Timothy 6:18 11. Good Listener ______ will be a good listener and think before he/she speaks. James 1:19 12. Guard ______ will guard his/her heart, for it is the wellspring of his/her life. Proverbs 4:23 13. Hunger for God’s Word _______ will hunger and thirst for your Word. Matthew 5:6 14. Humility _______ will do nothing out of selfish ambition, always considering others better                than ones self. Philippians 2:3 15. Obedience to God _________will show his/her love for You by his/her obedience to You.                John 14:15 16. Obedience to Parents _________ will learn to obey his/her parents. Eph. 6:1 17. Peace ________ will not worry about anything but pray about everything. Philippians 4:6 18. Protection from the Enemy ________ will be alert and watch out for the temptations from the enemy, standing firm in his/her faith. I Peter 5:8, 9 19. Responsibility ________ will learn to be responsible for his/her own actions and behavior.         Galatians 6:5 20. Salvation ________ will believe that Jesus loves him/her and died for his/her sins so he/she can have a personal relationship with You and enjoy eternal life. John 3:16 By Lillian Penner ©2009 Grandparenting with a Purpose info@grandparentingwithapurpose.com www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com